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islet

[ahy-lit]
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noun
  1. a very small island.
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adjective
  1. Anatomy. situated in or pertaining to the islet of Langerhans: islet cells.
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Origin of islet

From the Middle French word islette, dating back to 1530–40. See isle, -et
Related formsis·let·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • But she did not ask him what it was, for already they were at the islet, and she must run in, and put on her clothes.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Nevertheless he had suddenly made the islet seem different to her.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Then the inhabitants of the house on the islet were not asleep, were not even in bed.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The islet, dark and distinct in outline beneath the moon, summoned him.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • First the two men at the Antico Giuseppone, and now this man on the islet!

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for islet

islet

noun
  1. a small island
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French islette; see isle
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Word Origin and History for islet

n.

1530s, from Middle French islette (Modern French îlette), diminutive of isle (see isle).

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islet in Medicine

islet

lĭt)
n.
  1. A small island.
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